Posted August 13th, 2004, 02:11 AM
Last edited by arzz; August 13th, 2004 at 02:14 AM
Sailed the Grand Princess (not quite the Sun or Dawn, but not all different either) -- Did not like "anytime dining" at all -- never ate with the same folks -- it was always introductions and all that competitive get to know you stuff for dinner conversation even though the food and service were excellent -- some nights we had to wait to get into a dining room -- they would give us a "beeper" like you receive when you wait in many restaurants -- not the way I like to spend time at Sea
The Princess ships you mention are a lot larger than the Volendam -- have not been on the Volendam either but I know the Statendam and Zaandam -- the HAL ships (excluding the Vista class ships) are smaller and hold fewer people, but have as much if not more space per person in public areas -- the HAL ships actually have a small enough complement of people on Board to actually more than occasionally run into the same people more than once -- that hardly ever happened on the Grand Princess!
The cabins on the Zaandam are much larger than even the balcony cabins on the Grand Princess. They have a sofa in the cabins - only a single chair in our balcony cabin on Princess -- Also the HAL ships have much better storage space -- for two people we were really cramped storing all our gear on the Grand Princess, the storage we had was not well designed -- The HAL Vista class ship cabins are smaller and probably more similar in size to those on the Grand Princess
On HAL there are free hot munchies in the bars if you order drinks before dinner (not so on Princess) -- you do not have to pay for ice cream -- free cappuchino at the Java Cafe (you had to pay on Princess) -- HAL has a movie theatre (with free popcorn), Princess only had movies on TV in the cabins (not the same experience)
Cannot give you any advice on Celebrity -- haven't done that --sorry